On the Michigan WR James Jackson, who unofficially visited UCLA last weekend and was at the Spring Game, we've heard that the trip went very well and that he and his family thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Southern California. The biggest hangup is the distance, but the trip definitely made a positive impact from him.
UCLA is starting to have a pretty good list of players commit to their 1-Day Camp next month, including the committed prospects and some 2009 guys that they want to take a closer look at before offering. The quarterbacks coming in that day all will have their first chance to throw in front of Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow, and one who emerges could find themselves with an offer. Some of the QBs from the 2009 class planning to come include Josh Nunes, Richard Brehaut, Austyn Carta-Samuels, Allan Bridgford and Clark Evans. A few more QBs could also end up coming, including Dasmen Stewart, a dual-threat passer from Oxnard who's had a couple of very good showings this spring.
Also planning to come to the 1-Day Camp is the Skyline (Wash.) trio of QB Jake Heaps (2010), WR Gino Simone (2009) and WR Kasen Williams (2011). Heaps is arguably the top 2010 QB in the West and Williams is quite possibly the top prospect in the West for 2011. Both have verbal offers from UCLA.
With four defensive backs and two linebackers already committed for 2009, UCLA still is in the market for offensive recruits, but they're not entirely done with defensive prospects. A few of the DL they are looking at are Justin Brown from Compton, Will Sutton from Centennial and Noel Beckles from Verbum Dei. We'll have an update on Brown this afternoon and on Sutton tomorrow. At linebacker, strongside linebacker Travis Brown from Clovis West, is also very interested in UCLA, and has been in recent contact with the Bruins. Brown is the son of Fresno State's defensive coordinator, though, and the feeling has been for a while that he'll stay home and play for his father.
Marlon Pollard, UCLA's first commit for the class of 2009, has been selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game next January. Pollard was the first player selected to play in the O-D Game (which Damien Holmes, Datone Jones and Aaron Hester all played in a year ago).